The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The parish of St. Olave having greatly increased in number of houses and inhabitants, the commissioners for erecting new churches within the bills of mortality, purchased a site for a church and cemetery, consisting of a field which was walled in and called the , wherein the train bands of used to exercise. It was built accordingly, and was consecrated . The district of Horsley-down was appointed for its parish, and was established by an act of Geo. II. . This act states that a site for a church had been purchased, and a new church built thereon, near Horsley-down; and it enacts, that the new parish should be totally independent of St. Olave. was granted to buy lands for the maintenance of a rector, who was also to be paid per annum by quarterly payments out of burial fees, for which the burial grounds and vaults were vested in the vestry, exclusive of the rector; on non-payment, the rector may distrain on the churchwardens: the vestry to consist of the rector, and all the inhabitants renting a-year and upwards; this pro vision to be in full of all moduses, tithes, Easter-offerings, and other
|demands, except such surplice fees and other perquisites as are allowed by the said act, and the vestry, with consent of the bishops, should appoint; the rectory never to be held , and all licenses and dispensations for that purpose are declared void; the inhabitants to enjoy all the advantages of the free school, and thirds of all donations formerly given to the parish of St. Olave, subject, however, to an annual payment of for the poor of the old parish.
The bounds of this parish are as follows: commencing at , it pursues a southerly course, through Russel-street and , to and , up , down to Potter's-fields, and from thence to the Thames.